Andy Ament, Executive Director

Andy Ament came to Pianos for People in April 2024 with an extensive background as a music educator, performer, and nonprofit arts management leader, having previously worked in a variety of roles at Jazz St. Louis, Hope Creates and Pop!Pop!Pop! At Jazz St. Louis, Andy served as Director of Education and Community Engagement, Director of Education and JazzU instructor.

As an educator, Andy has worked with students throughout the St. Louis region as a clinician, instructor, and adjudicator. As a musician, Andy plays saxophone throughout St. Louis and the Midwest with various jazz, pop, rock, funk, and dance bands. He has performed with such notable artists as Randy Brecker, Clay Jenkins, John Clayton, Dennis Mackrel, Jeff Coffin, Alan Ferber, and Motown legend Martha Reeves, to name a few. He is also a founding member of the jazz quartet, Utter Chaos, which pays tribute to the great baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.

Andy received his Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Performance and Music Education and Master’s of Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Kayia Baker, Piano School Director

Kayia Baker studied music at Southeast Missouri State University and Florissant Valley Community College, and business at Lindenwood University. She taught music for 7 years in the Riverview Gardens School District (Grades K-12) and has worked as a church pianist for 29 years in the St Louis area. She previously owned and operated her own music school for nine years where she served well over 400 students offering instruction in piano, voice, guitar and drums. She is passionate about music and loves to work with people and inspire them musically.

Kayia has been the Piano School Director at Pianos for People since June 2014 and has overseen the exponential growth of the student body and programming, including the introduction of summer camps and development of the Ferguson campus.

Danny Ravensberg, Piano Donation Coordinator and Teacher

Danny Ravensberg started piano lessons at the age of eight and studied music composition at University of Missouri, Columbia. He has now been playing for twenty years and has performed in Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, and St. Louis with multiple bands including Stately Ravens and Eric Turner Trio. Danny enjoys helping students explore different genres of music including Blues, Jazz, improvisation and contemporary. He enjoys helping students discover their own musical experience through learning to follow their ear and and encourages them to listen to all kinds of music.

Sara Mullins, Teacher

Sara earned her AA and AFA in Music and General Studies at Jefferson College. She is currently earning her BM (ED) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has a history of studying Adolescent Psychology at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Sara is known for being a local Horn player and has studied with Cara Kizer and Christina Schempf. She has actively played the piano for seven years in numerous studios under the direction of Cathy Boemler and Alla Voskoboynikova. Sara has been a teacher at Pianos for People since September 2022 and currently teaches at the Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis, Illinois, and the Cherokee campus. Sara is a patient, kind, and creative teacher who inspires her students to be the best version of themselves inside and outside the classroom.

Mike Carosello, Teacher

Mike teaches both piano and music production at the Ferguson studio. He is a Music Graduate from the prestigious University of North Texas, with a specialty in Jazz. He is a well-known performer in the St Louis area, and his expertise in improvisation and jazz has added an exciting dimension to our piano program. The “Learning to Improvise” workshop is highly popular, particularly with our more advanced students.

Stephanie Rice, Teacher

Stephanie earned her B.A. in music from Truman State University and has been teaching piano for 13 years. In addition to teaching, she has accompanied soloists at district and state music festivals, and played piano for musical theater productions. Her other musical pursuits include playing violin in community orchestras and singing in the church choir. Inspired by a piano student with autism, Stephanie decided to study to become an occupational therapy assistant, earning her credential in 2019. She is passionate about the arts being accessible to people of all ages and abilities and loves bringing her knowledge and experience to Pianos for People.

Antonio Foster, Teacher

Piano Accompanist, Bandleader, and Musician, Antonio Foster was born in 1995 to Terry Anderson and Kennie Stidmon in St. Louis, MO. In his youth he was inspired to learn piano by his grandmother, who was a church pianist. Antonio's passion for jazz led him to Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and Jazz St. Louis’ JazzU Program. Under the mentorship of East St. Louis native Reggie Thomas, he honed his skills, emerging as one of St. Louis’ top jazz pianists and keyboardists. Throughout his career, Foster has played for churches and jazz groups. Today he continues to educate students and perform with many local artists in the St. Louis area.

Eric Anthony, Teacher

Eric started piano study at a young age and has directed and accompanied in several church music ministries since the age of nine. As a teenager, he studied at Alleda Ward Wells Music Studio and Community Music School. His studies continued at Florissant Valley Community College, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (B. Mus), and Indiana University (M. Mus with High Honors) where he continued to teach private and group lessons. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he returned to St. Louis and acquired his Music Education Certification from UMSL. Subsequently, he taught piano, vocal music, and AP Music Theory in schools throughout the St. Louis area. He has also held adjunct positions at Washington University and UMSL. In 2005, Eric began work on a Doctorate of Music Degree at the Conservatory of Music - University of Missouri: Kansas City. He has adjudicated for the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs and other competitions/contests. Currently, Eric considers himself retired from working in schools, but not retired from sharing his gift of piano playing and making music.

Luane Guyton, Teacher

Luane began playing the piano by ear at age 5. After several years of traditional lessons, she began competing in regional and state competitions. She was also the main accompanist from her high school for vocalists and instrumentalists who competed in state competitions. Music remained an important part of her life even after she stopped taking lessons and competing. It was a respite in times of struggle, and a source of joy in everyday life. For the past 20+ years, she has served on the worship team at her church. Playing with a band composed of guitarists, drums, and vocalists has led her to develop new skills. When you are a musician, there are always things to learn, so she continues to be a lifelong learner in the wonderful and vast world of music!

Andrea Rohlehr, Teacher

A native St. Louisan and University of Kansas graduate, (Bachelor of Music Education), Andrea briefly taught elementary and middle school music with the St. Louis Public and Confluence school districts. She resided and worked as a full time musician, recording artist, (9 CD’s) and piano/vocal instructor, (YTI Youth Theatre Interactives) in New York City for many years. She is also a singer/songwriter, flutist, self-published children’s book author and visual artist (The HumAnnity Collection). Andrea is the proud mother of two.

Michelle Hedges, Teacher

Michelle Hedges has been giving private lessons for over 30 years. She was born into a musical family and started taking piano lessons at age 4. Her love affair with brass instruments began at age 12 when she began playing trombone at school. Her neighbor approached her at age 16 to give her daughter piano lessons and Michelle has never stopped teaching since. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from Southeast Missouri State University. Michelle has had experience and success teaching people with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and high functioning Autism. Teaching kids to read music is her passion.

Stanley Coleman, Teacher

Stanley is a St. Louis native with a bachelors of Music Education and a Masters from Webster University. For 40 years he taught within the Wellston, Jennings, St. Louis and U. City public schools. He has received numerous honors for his teaching excellence and community endeavors, including a 2009 Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University and a Child Advocate Award from Annie Malone Children & Family Services. Stanley has also directed several award-winning jazz bands and collaborated with numerous musical virtuosos as a saxophonist.

Joe Zempel, Teacher

Joe is a music enthusiast with a knack for teaching and performing. After studying Biology and Health Science at Truman State University, Joe followed his true passion for music. He's a multi-instrumentalist specializing in piano and guitar, and has a solid background in music production. Joe's journey in the music world has taken him from Nashville and St. Louis, where he is now settled and continuing to share his love for music by teaching piano and guitar.
At Pianos for People, Joe leads the music theory labs, helping students understand the intricacies of musical sound. He's all about empowering his students with essential aural skills and guiding them to create their own compositions.